Abhinav Mukund, who has made a comeback into the Indian Test team after six years, made 81 at Galle on Friday. This was his second fifty, six years after he made his first, back in West Indies.
Speaking about the knock, Mukund was quoted as saying in a PTI report, "I have the opportunity to do something in this Test. I don't want to think ahead to the next Test. Being the first choice opener or second choice opener doesn't make a difference. When you get a chance in the middle, I want to capitalise on it. That's what I thought.”
"There was a point of time – I am very honest about it – that I was not raring to even put on whites. I wasn't part of any team – I wasn't part of any First Class team. There was a time when I was dropped from my own First Class team. To have this opportunity to be part of the Indian team is such a huge bonus. I take every game as an opportunity, that's all. If I am part of the team, not part of the team, again, I will try to do my best wherever I am," added Mukund.
The opener added 133 for the third wicket with skipper Virat Kohli. Reflecting on the partnership, Mukund said, "We have certain plans, where we try to hold our partnership together at the start and end of each session because when you start and end the session well, it is a big plus for the team. That's something we speak about a lot.”
--By A Cricket Correspondent